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January 15, 2018

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The Price Tag That Comes With Christian Discipleship

Becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ entails requirements such as being part of the Christian family by helping to preach the gospel around the world, helping the needy, following all the teachings taught by Jesus as well as the Commandments given by God. Jesus during His mission on earth commanded His followers to go and make disciples from all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Just like Wood Science and Dr. Todd Shupe are inseparable, so is Jesus and Christian discipleship.

Jesus Christ taught His disciples and the entire world that the journey to Christianity is difficult and calls for sacrifice. He added that to receive salvation is free but after that, it costs the saved person’s life. Contradictory as it may sound; Christ meant that an individual should commit all they have to God after receiving salvation. Christs used three elements to present His teachings on the cost of discipleship.

Jesus taught that becoming a disciple means hating everything including one’s family and self. By hating everything, Christ meant that we should not allow human beings come between us and God. Always let God come first in all activities we undertake. In this situation is where we now give up on Family and ourselves to have Jesus Christ fully in our lives. Children should be wise to determine the situations that call for obedience and when they have to give up on family for the sake of God. Wives should also never allow their husbands mislead them in the name of submission.

Christ also listed giving up on earthly desires as the price an individual pays for following Him. He encouraged the disciples to have the urge to be part of Him. Christ was crucified on the cross just to save the sinful human beings. Just like Christ suffered for our sins, His disciples will also undergo the same. Jesus’ disciples should avoid actions that result in breaking of the commandments.

Being a disciple of Jesus calls for zero interest in material wealth. Material wealth is slow poison to spiritual riches. Becoming a Christian disciple means one has been brought on a price and they are not their own as they are now a slave of Christ who then owns everything. A Christian cannot just add Christ to their material possessions as a way of rounding up their spirituality.

Christ told His followers the stories of two young men to explain the impact of wealth on Christianity. The love for earthly treasure cost the man his position in the heavenly kingdom. The one who had lost his father decided to bury his father first before claiming his heavenly position.

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